The tragic story of Emanuel Balbo, the fan who died when being thrown from the rostrum to the void in a football match in Argentina
The images of a fan being thrown from the tribune of the stage Mario Alberto Kempes circled the world, as they were the one of his body immobilized in the ground.
The victim of the latest violence in Argentine football is Emanuel Balbo, 22, who died Monday after spending two days in a hospital in the city of Cordoba, about 700 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires.
The incident happened last Saturday during the half-time of the classic of the city between Belgrano and Talleres, party in which only the followers of the local group were admitted to avoid outbreaks of violence.
But it could not be.
In the sequence that showed the signal of television of the sports channel TyC Sports and that also captured the photographer Facundo Luque of the Cordovan newspaper the Voice of the Interior a confrontation is observed in a sector of the celestial bar of Belgrano.
Then a fan is seen starting to lower the stands as he is pushed and beaten.
The fan reaches the top of one of the entrances to the rostrum, and while trying to escape is lifted and thrown into the void.
In the image Balbo is seen as desperately trying to grab one of the rails, but fails to do so and his body disappears in the crowd.
The police found him on the ground with a heavy blow to the head and moved him to the Emergency Hospital, where he was released «his critical condition.»
«His condition is critical, to the point that there is very little reflection, he has few signs of cerebral vitality,» said the director of the medical center, Maximiliano Tittarelli. «He was hospitalized with fracture and parietal collapse, with cerebral edema, very low state of consciousness. , In declarations to the radio station Cadena 3.
This Monday he passed away.
Authorities reported that between four hours of Sunday night and Monday morning, four of those implicated in the attack were arrested, including a father and his minor son, but there is still «no stopping the instigator,» who has a judicial record that It links him to the family of the victim.
«There was a guilty homicide in 2012. The person involved in that situation (identified as Oscar Eduardo Gómez) and the one on Saturday are the same person,» Argentine prosecutor Liliana Sánchez told the Argentine news channel TN.
The case referred to by the lawyer occurred in November 2012 when Agustín Balbo, brother of Emanuel and who was 14 years old, and his friend Enrique Diaz, 15, died when they were hit by a car that was going in a street race With another vehicle.
The two drivers were arrested and tried, although there has still been no sentence for the accident.
«He went to the court with a friend and met Gomez, first in the lobby, and then in the tribune.» There were insults, and Gomez shouted that he was an infiltrator of Workshops. Who threw it, «said Raul Balbo, father of Augustine and Emanuel, to the Voice of the Interior.
The version that Emanuel was accused of being a Talleres fan was confirmed by the prosecution, although the victim was dressed in a Belgrano t-shirt.
The case is being investigated as «attempted homicide, aggravated by the Sports Shows Act,» according to prosecutor Sánchez, who reiterated that it was «a family conflict, prior. It was not the people of the Belgrano barrabrava.»
Club Atlético Belgrano issued a statement Monday in which it «deeply regrets the death of Emanuel Balbo and, as an organizing institution of the event in which events occurred, ratifies its predisposition to the cause in the corresponding area: Justice.»
«On a very sad day for the whole celeste family, Belgrano again calls for reflection and brings peace to his community about institutional involvement so that justice is done by Emanuel.»
The club reiterates that «it is not a question of giving effective speeches, but of acting in depth in the corresponding field».
Balbo’s death was not directly related to what happened in the field, but the fact that he was accused of being a Talleres fan made the Belgrano bar rebuke him and did not defend him.